A Miner’s Mixtape
Warren Fahey

gold piano

Mining is a prominent part of Australia’s modern history – even the largest Australian mining company refers to itself, brashly, as ‘The Big Australian’. But the average person remains skeptical and, possibly, hostile, because the folk memory of mining is a litany of struggle, frustration, disaster and grief. Whether by digging into the earth or into the stock market, striking it rich usually has its consequences.

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Warren Fahey is a Sydney-based Cultural Historian, author and performer. His Australian Folklore Unit site offers resources on Australian history, music and folklore.